William Hutchison



Aug 10, 1880

Born Glasgow Scotland


May 8, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion at Peterborough Ontario 

Ø      Number 412225

Ø      Next of kin given as Robert French (friend) of 516 Wolfe St., Peterborough Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Stationary Engineer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


Jun 23, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie at Montreal Quebec



Jul 4, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Jun 15, 1916

Medical Board at West Sandling Camp makes note of a sprained ankle that occurred “months ago” 

Ø      He is declared to be fit for duty after 4 weeks of PT (physical training)

Ø      Also noted that he needs dental treatment


Jul 4, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) at Folkestone for PT


Aug 10, 1916

Medical Board at Monks Horton Hospital, Shorncliffe declares him fit for duty


Aug 12, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Battalion


Aug 23, 1916

Will made out leaving entire estate to his friend, Mr Robert French, 516 Wolfe St., Peterborough Ontario, and his family


Aug 27, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 12, 1916

Left CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Sep 16, 1916

Left 2nd Entrenching Battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the middle of the fighting on The Somme and engaged in heavy fighting.  It is unclear as to whether Pte Hutchison joined in the fighting or whether he in fact was held in the rear details of the Battalion until they were withdrawn from the front lines


Nov 7, 1916             Reported to have been accidentally killed. 

The Battalion was in the front line at Bully Grenay

Bullay Grenay Communal Cemetery
Pas de Calais, France


Jul 29, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Mr Robert French (friend) at 516 Wolfe St., Peterborough Ontario


Aug 3, 1922

Death Plaque and Scroll (Scroll previously dispatched) sent to Mr A Hutchison (brother) of 516 Hughson St., N., Hamilton Ontario




For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of William Hutchison being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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